PALMETT0 -- Palmetto Police officers were busy this afternoon investigating two serious traffic crashes in the space of three hours. Both crashes apparently involved automobiles turning in front of motorcycles.
The first crash occurred at approximately 3 p.m. Keith McClosky, 58, of Palmetto, was riding his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound in the 300 block of 10th Street West, in the outside lane. Cassie Robinson, 82, of Palmetto was driving her 2010 Nissan westbound on 10th Street West. Robinson made a left turn onto 3rd Avenue West, in front of McClosky. He struck the passenger side of her car and was ejected onto the pavement. McClosky was wearing a helmet. He was flown to Bayfront Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.
The second crash occurred just after 6 p.m. Janet Wagner, 47, of Palmetto, was riding her Honda motorcycle eastbound on 10th Street West when a westbound Toyota Corolla attempted to make a left turn into 30th Avenue West, in front of her. The Toyota was driven Joyce Cole Brantley, 66, also of Palmetto. Brantley told officers that the sun was in her eyes, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic.
Wagner sustained a serious injury to her left leg and was flown to Bayfront Medical Center, where she is undergoing surgery. She was apparently not wearing a helmet.
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Both crashes remain under investigation and charges are pending.